Rebuilding the State Institutions

Challenges for Democratic Rule of Law in Mexico

  • Juan Antonio Le Clercq
  • Jose Pablo Abreu Sacramento

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Juan Antonio Le Clercq, Jose Pablo Abreu Sacramento, Fernando Miguel Herrera Rosado
    Pages 1-15
  3. The Concept of Rule of Law and Its Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Rodolfo Sarsfield
      Pages 19-38
    3. Camilo Gutiérrez, Joel Martinez, Alejandro Ponce, Leslie Solís
      Pages 57-77
  4. Explaining the Fragility of the Rule of Law in Mexico

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Juan Antonio Le Clercq
      Pages 81-105
    3. Vidal Romero
      Pages 107-122
    4. Jose Pablo Abreu Sacramento
      Pages 155-173
  5. Structural Reforms and Their Implementation Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. María Novoa, Karen Silva Mora
      Pages 193-206
    3. Cristopher Ballinas Valdés
      Pages 207-222
    4. María Solange Maqueo Ramírez
      Pages 265-280
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-301

About this book


Contemporary Mexico faces a complex crisis of violence and insecurity with high levels of impunity and the lack of an effective rule of law. These weaknesses in the rule of law are multidimensional and involve elements of institutional design, the specific content of the laws, particularities of political competition and a culture of legality in a country with severe social inequalities. This book discusses necessary institutional and legal reforms to develop the rule of law in a context of democratic, social and economic transformations. The chapters are organized to address: 1) The concept of the ‘rule of law’ and its measurement; 2) The fragility of the ‘rule of law’ in Mexico; 3) Structural reforms and  implementation challenges; 4) Social exclusion and the culture of legality. 

The book addresses decision-makers, civil servants, consultants, scholars, lecturers, and students focusing on public policy, rule of law, sociology of law, legislative studies and practice, impunity, and areas of political philosophy.  

•             The book presents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach for understanding the rule of law in Mexico, taking into account national particularities, the regional context and global comparisons.

•             Chapters discuss recent institutional reforms in Mexico from a critical point of view and explore possible next steps to achieve effective implementation.

•             This book addresses the links between a weak rule of law and social phenomena like insecurity, violence, corruption and democratic deficits. And (This word is left over in the text).


Weak Rule of Law Institutional reform in Mexico Justice in Mexico Security in Mexico Corruption in Mexico Impunity in Mexico Institutional change in Mexico Culture of legality Law reform in Mexico Transformations in Mexico

Editors and affiliations

  • Juan Antonio Le Clercq
    • 1
  • Jose Pablo Abreu Sacramento
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales y Ciencia PolíticaCentro de Estudio sobre Impunidad y Justicia, Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)CholulaMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Derecho, Escuela de Ciencias Sociales y GobiernoTecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Santa FeMexico CityMexico

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